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CSUN students share coping mechanisms for homesickness

CSUN students share coping mechanisms for homesickness

Nicole Socala

February 18, 2014

That first gut-wrenching glimpse of sodium drenched Ramen noodles or Hot Pockets in place of mom’s home cooked meals, the cramped space devoid of purrs or wagging tails and the lack of familiar faces. For many international and out-of-state students, even the local ones, studying and dorming at CSUN...

CSUN student creates first-ever, one-of-a-kind children’s book

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Daché Jackson

February 17, 2014

After reading "Where the Wild Things Are," Hakeem Animashaun became inspired to create a children's book where the child could let their imagination roam, and illustrate their own drawings. Photo Credit: David J. Hawkins / Photo Editor Browsing through a thrift store in Los Angeles before his big move to ...

CSUN students take precautions and dodge germs this flu season

Nate Perez

February 16, 2014

With flu season underway, students should be wary of the different flu strains roaming around campus. Influenza, otherwise known as the flu, comes in many different forms, but can be kept at bay with a few tips recommended by health experts. “It’s never too late to get the flu shot,” said Sh...

Love and technology: the double-edged sword

Love and technology: the double-edged sword

Kevin Linares

February 12, 2014

We’re living in a time when cell phones and other technological gadgets are considered a necessity. College students, working parents and even the out-of-touch grandparents have ascribed to today’s technology driven culture and often suffer from withdrawal when separated from their phones for a...

Don’t let Jamzilla trample your Valentine’s Day plans

Don't let Jamzilla trample your Valentine's Day plans

Joanna Jacobo

February 12, 2014

Students will soon face the wrath of the traffic-induced hysteria that takes over Los Angeles when an approximate six-mile block of the 405 is almost completely restrained from vehicular access for more than three days. “Jamzilla,” the name dubbed for the 80-hour closure of the northbound 405 hig...

CSUN math professor Maria D’Orsogna fights for Italian coastline

CSUN math professor Maria D'Orsogna fights for Italian coastline

Tushita Vidhale

February 10, 2014

As cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead would say, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Justifying the quote is a story of a woman whose strong sense of civic duty changed the life of several citizen...

CSUN students use Craigslist to find the best deals on a college budget

CSUN students use Craigslist to find the best deals on a college budget

Gabriela Rodriguez

February 9, 2014

With a new semester underway, CSUN students are turning to Craigslist to find a good deal with a reasonable price. Craigslist is a website that allows the average person or business to post advertisements in order to buy, sell or trade products. There are categories and sections ranging from jobs a...

CSUN’s VPAC gains rank amongst other notable L.A. venues

CSUN's VPAC gains rank amongst other notable L.A. venues

Rohit Ghosh

February 5, 2014

From construction to its inaugural curtain call in 2011, Cal State University Northridge’s Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) had one goal in mind, to be a factor in the concert hall culture that Los Angeles is known for around the world. As explained by Steven Thachuk, the VPAC’s interim exec...

CSUN professor shares writing inspirations

CSUN professor shares writing inspirations

Robert Fabian

February 4, 2014

Looking back on the years he spent in college studying English and literature, Louisiana native Martin Pousson can’t help but imagine that’s what made him a better writer - a published one at that. But he never expected his stories would lead him to win an award. Pousson, a CSUN English professor...

CSUN alumnus Levi Ponce makes a name for himself as a muralist

CSUN alumnus Levi Ponce makes a name for himself as a muralist

Jonathan Nelson

February 3, 2014

The section of Van Nuys Boulevard between Woodman Avenue and Foothill Boulevard has the same family-owned restaurants, cell phone retailers and gas stations. It might seem nondescript until you come across a psychedelic portrait of Frida Kahlo or a mural of the Mona Lisa in a sombrero holding a knife...

Students stumble upon interesting courses at CSUN while looking for extra units

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Pete D. Camarillo

February 2, 2014

As Adrian Porto walks to class after a long, hard day, he hears the sound of music - jazz to be exact. The high tones of the clarinet, the rich depths of the bass, and the smooth voice of Billie Holiday pierce his ears before he even opens the classroom door. "How often do you actually get to l...

Around the world in a winter break: Matadors explore, volunteer, and vacation

Around the world in a winter break: Matadors explore, volunteer, and vacation

James Waters

January 29, 2014

When the last bells ring on the fall semester, Matadors aren’t the type to spend their down time sleeping in late and watching Netflix. Whether nursing the wounds of finals or celebrating the successes of another semester passed, CSUN students and alumni are the type to jump from waterfalls, volunteer ab...

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